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Garden Lessons for 2020

Garden Lessons for 2020

As I rested in the shade after a morning of hard work I considered some of the lessons my garden has taught me during the upheaval we call 2020. I gave thanks for the privilege of having a piece of soil and the health to till and plant it. I reminded myself that I must […]

Third Chances in the Garden

Third Chances in the Garden

The plant sitting in the display at the garden shop beckons. I don’t yet have one of those in my garden, and besides it is the only one of its kind left to purchase. Other gardeners wiser and earlier than me must have snapped up its siblings. I have to have it, and if I […]

Reclaiming Fallow Ground

Reclaiming Fallow Ground

Much of gardening is about improving the presentation. We remove some plants while adding others. We amend the soil and mix in a heaping dose of pruning and trimming. And all the parts of our labor combine to give us the confident feeling that the end is an improvement over the beginning. Garden satisfaction comes […]

Dishing Good Dirt

Dishing Good Dirt

An avid gardener often reveals his passion through his comments as he tours another’s growing space. For example, observers may see me squat down to retrieve a handful of soil which I will squash and sift and even smell. And then I will voice my expert opinion, “Dude. That’s good dirt!” From the red clay […]

Problem Roots

Problem Roots

We can’t garden without encountering and considering roots. Roots are an essential part of the plants. But what happens when the roots of one plant affect others around it? In the square of concrete formed by the driveway and the sidewalk here at Paths of Hope resides a huge maple tree. It wasn’t huge when […]

Will the cold hurt my daffodils?

Will the cold hurt my daffodils?

After an unusually warm December and early January we find evidence that some plants have begun the countdown to spring. The cherry trees at the library are in full bloom, the native maple tree across the fence already sports its bright red flowers, and some of our daffodils have yellow buds about to pop into […]